approach
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noun
1 way of dealing with sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
conventional, orthodox, traditional
alternate (AmE), alternative, different, fresh, new, novel

We need to try alternative approaches to the problem.

cautious, conservative
proactive

The company is taking a proactive approach to easing the energy crisis.

creative, innovative
flexible
eclectic
balanced, common-sense, no-nonsense, positive, practical, pragmatic, problem-solving, rational, sensible, straightforward, useful

a pragmatic approach to the role of religion in politics

direct, hands-on
hands-off, indirect
wait-and-see
step-by-step
one-size-fits-all

He criticized the one-size-fits-all approach to learning.

piecemeal
formal, informal
aggressive
low-key
right, wrong
basic, general
analytical, disciplined, scientific, structured, systematic, theoretical
methodological
holistic, integrated

The therapy takes a holistic approach to health and well-being.

interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary
two-pronged
bottom-up, top-down
simplistic
comprehensive
VERB + APPROACH
have

Some teachers have a more traditional approach to teaching.

adopt, apply, develop, employ, follow, implement, pursue, take, try, use, utilize

We need to adopt a more pragmatic approach.

pioneer

The US army pioneered this approach.

advocate, favour/favor, prefer

Next time I'd advocate the direct approach.

change, modify, rethink

He challenges teachers to rethink their approach.

abandon
evaluate
describe, outline
test

I spent some time testing this approach.

extend

This approach can be extended to other fields.

Extending this approach to the rest of the planet became the focus for our international negotiations.

APPROACH + VERB
allow sth, enable sth

This approach allows students to learn at their own pace.

offer sth, yield sth

This approach offers many advantages.

Taking a fresh approach often yields interesting results.

fail, work

This approach works for me.

PREPOSITION
approach to

I liked her approach to the problem

2 act of coming nearer
ADJECTIVE
shallow, steep
VERB + APPROACH
make

The aircraft had to make a steep approach to the landing strip.

signal

The swishing of the grass signalled the approach of a person.

APPROACH + NOUN
speed
route
PREPOSITION
at the approach of

The children fell silent at the approach of their teacher.

with the approach of

The weather turned warmer with the approach of spring.

approach to

The plane crashed during its approach to the runway.

3 discussion with sb in order to ask them for sth
VERB + APPROACH
make
have, receive (esp. BrE)
PREPOSITION
approach from

We've received an approach from the director of a rival company.

approach to

We'll have to make an approach to the chief executive.

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verb
1 come nearer
ADVERB
slowly
carefully, cautiously, warily, with caution
PREPOSITION
from

The army approached from the south.

2 come nearer in time
ADVERB
fast, quickly, rapidly, swiftly

The time is fast approaching when we will have to replace these old machines.

3 speak to sb, usually to ask for sth
ADVERB
directly

It's best to approach her directly.

VERB + APPROACH
be easy to
be difficult to

She found her father difficult to approach.

PREPOSITION
about

Have you approached John about doing a concert?

for

I approached the bank for a loan.

4 come close in amount/quality/style
ADVERB
closely

Here Wordsworth's verse movement closely approaches that of Gray.

not remotely

There is no other player even remotely approaching her.

Approach is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑anniversary, ↑deadline, ↑death, ↑dusk, ↑election, ↑footstep, ↑midnight, ↑train, ↑war
Approach is used with these nouns as the object: ↑altar, ↑birthday, ↑checkpoint, ↑climax, ↑coast, ↑corner, ↑counter, ↑death, ↑destination, ↑door, ↑end, ↑infinity, ↑limit, ↑mark, ↑matter, ↑maturity, ↑menopause, ↑middle age, ↑old age, ↑perfection, ↑problem, ↑puberty, ↑retirement, ↑saturation, ↑shore, ↑subject, ↑task, ↑topic, ↑turn

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